In the Hunger Games, the games begin with Tributes on a platform surrounded by landmines. If they step off their platform before the cannon fires, they trigger the landmines and are blown to smithereens. In the first Hunger Games book, one of the Tributes actually digs up the mines and uses them.
However, in the 75th Hunger Games, the Tributes start out on platforms surrounded by water, precluding the use of landmines. You're allowed to walk around on your platform, so clearly the platform itself wasn't mined. What was keeping the Tributes from simply jumping into the water?